Residents of Moose Jaw are going to need to dig into their pockets even more this year.
At their most recent budget committee meeting last Tuesday, council gave initial approval on two significant tax increases: A 15% increase in water and utilities and a 5.01% percent hike in property taxes.
Mayor Fraser Tolmie says with aging infrastructure, residents realize they’re going to have pay a heavy price right now.
“In 2016, the community came together on a referendum and said ‘we understand that we need to pay for infrastructure,'” said Tolmie. “So this year, it’s a difficult challenge to face. But, the residents of Moose Jaw understand that their water source is 20 kilometres away.”
Tolmie also addressed the property tax increase. He noted, from the city’s end, they’re not increasing much.
“It’s a 5.01 percent. So 4.05 was the impact from last years’ provincial budget.”
Tolmie noted that he understands no one likes to see their taxes go up. However, when it comes to maintaining essential community projects and infrastructure, it must be done.